To Horace Mann [1742
almost without opposition. The chief affair has been the Denbighshire election, on the petition of Sir Watkyn Williams. They have voted him into Parliament and the high-sheriff into Newgate. Murray2 was most eloquent: Lloyds, the counsel on the other side, and no bad one, said, (for I go constantly, though I do not stay long, but' leave the dead to bury their dead,') that it was objected to the sheriff, that he was related to the sitting member; but, indeed, in that country (Wales) it would be difficult not to be related. Yesterday we had another hearing of the petition of the merchants, when Sir Eobert Godschall shone brighter than even his usual. There was a copy of a letter produced, the original being lost: he asked whether the copy had been taken before the original was lost, or after!
Next week they commence their prosecutions, which they will introduce by voting a committee to inquire into all the offices: Sir William Yonge is to be added to the impeachments, but the chief whom they wish to punish is my uncle. He is the more to be pitied, because nobody will pity him. They are not fond of a formal message which the States General have sent to Sir Eobert, ' to compliment him on his new honour, and to condole with him on being out of the ministry, which will be so detrimental to Europe!'
The third augmentation in Holland is confirmed, and that the Prince of Hesse4 is chosen Generalissimo, which makes it believed that his Grace of Argyll will not go over, but that we shall certainly have a war with France in the spring Argyll has got the Ordonnance restored to him, and they wanted to give him back his regiment; to which end Lord Hertford5 was desired to resign it, with the offer of his old
2 William Murray, Mr. Pope's 4 Frederick William, succeeded as
friend, afterwards Solicitor, and Landgrave of Hesse Cassel, 1760;
then Attorney-G-eneral. Walpole. d. 1785.
8 Sir Richard Lloyd, who sue- 5 Algernon Seymour (1684-1750),
ceeded Mr. Murray, in 1754, as eldest son of Charles Seymour, sixth
Solicitor-General. Walpole. Duke of Somerset, by Ms first wife,